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Heel Pain May Indicate Plantar Fasciitis

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis generally begins as occasional heel pain. Many people tend to ignore this until the pain becomes severe. It is a gradual condition that happens when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. This is the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heels and can become irritated or torn for various reasons. These include standing on hard surfaces for a good portion of the day and wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, it may happen from overuse during running and jumping activities or from increasing speed and mileage too quickly while running. Patients notice the heel pain may be worse after arising in the morning, but may lessen after walking a few steps. Effective prevention tactics can include properly warming up before exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and wearing shoes that fit correctly. Please consult with a podiatrist at the first sign of heel pain from plantar fasciitis for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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